Pounce, v. t.
1. To strike or seize with the talons; to pierce, as with the talons. [Archaic]
Stooped from his highest pitch to pounce a wren. --Cowper.
Now pounce him lightly,
And as he roars and rages, let's go deeper. --J. Fletcher.
2. To punch; to perforate; to stamp holes in, or dots on, by way of ornament. [Obs.]
Pounce, v. i. To fall suddenly and seize with the claws; -- with on or upon; as, a hawk pounces upon a chicken. Also used figuratively.
Derision is never so agonizing as when it pounces on the wanderings of misguided sensibility. --Jeffrey.
1. A fine powder, as of sandarac, or cuttlefish bone, -- formerly used to prevent ink from spreading on manuscript.
2. Charcoal dust, or some other colored powder for making patterns through perforated designs, -- used by embroiderers, lace makers, etc.
Pounce box, a box for sprinkling pounce.
Pounce paper, a transparent paper for tracing.
Pounce v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pounded p. pr. & vb. n. Pouncing ] To sprinkle or rub with pounce; as, to pounce paper, or a pattern.
1. The claw or talon of a bird of prey.
2. A punch or stamp. [Obs.] “A pounce to print money with.”
3. Cloth worked in eyelet holes. [Obs.]
n : the act of pouncing
v : move down on as if in an attack; "The raptor swooped down on
its prey"; "The teacher swooped down upon the new
students" [syn: swoop]